The second annual Newport Holiday Stroll will partner this year with Lila Delman Real Estate and dozens of local businesses to present this free, city-wide community event to the City-by-the-Sea once again during the first two weekends of December.

The Stroll festivities will kick off on Friday, December 1 and continue through two consecutive weekends strongly promoting holiday shopping at local retail stores along with holiday cheer and family fun. Businesses city-wide are encouraged to decorate their storefronts with white lights and seasonal decor, offer in-store incentives like special promotions, free gift wrapping and refreshments, and to cross-promote the event through their own social media channels. WhatsUpNewp will again serve as a major partner in the event offering Stroll shop participants discounted advertising packages.

Retail partners for this year’s Stroll will once again have Kristen Coates, Style Newport, Bowen’s Wharf, Island Outfitters, Anchored In Pink, Coast to Country, Patagonia, Team One, Breakwater Surf, Blink Gallery and The UPS Store and welcome this year Newport Lamp & Shade, Kiel James Patrick, Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet, Crosswynd Traders, Anchor Toffee and dozens of others throughout the city. Lila Delman Real Estate to offer complimentary gift wrapping for anyone attending the stroll on Sunday, December 3 & 10 from 12:00 – 4:00pm. Lila Delman’s Newport office is located at 3 Memorial Blvd. Complimentary parking for the Stroll has generously been donated by The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina based on availability and valid throughout the Stroll December 1-3 and 8-10 with receipt of purchase from local shop. Dozens of restaurants throughout the city will offer discounts and offers to Stroll shoppers with proof of local shop purchase and can be found with a uniform poster that will be displayed in participating restaurant windows as well as on the event website.

Started by a group of retailers and WhatsUpNewp in 2016, the Newport Holiday Stroll is expanding this year to bring shoppers more holiday cheer and seasonal festivities. Highlights include the Bowen’s Wharf 47th Annual Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 2 beginning at 4:30pm, the reopening of the Newport Skating Center on Saturday, December 8 at 5:00pm, several performances by Newport Toy Theater on Sunday, December 3 and Sunday December 10 along with guided shopping tours throughout Newport.

For more details, see event website

Join us for the 2017 Newport Holiday Stroll

  • December 1 – 3 & December 8 – 10
  • Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm
  • This event is free and open to the public to attend.
  • For more details, see event website

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.